Monarchs on the Margins? A Global History of Royalty at Oxford
Updated: May 20, 2020
Thus far, 2020 has not exactly been a slow year for news, so you might be forgiven for having missed a story that would not have made UK front pages even in normal times; namely, the recent accession of Haitham bin Tariq as sultan of Oman, a sparsely populated state in the Arabian peninsula. For the inhabitants of his nation, however, this event was important indeed. As an absolute monarch, Haitham now wields unlimited power over all executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Oman’s government, and has inherited a regime that tightly restricts freedom of expression and of assembly. He is also an alumnus of Pembroke College, Oxford.